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Publius
05-16-2014, 01:31 PM
Hi, all! New to Alice, as in haven't even managed to try it yet, because I can't seem to download it. When I download the installer, all I get is a txt file which opens by default in Notepad. The contents don't even look like code; it's just page after page of wingdings and gibberish. I've looked around on this forum and found nothing for this; searching on Google, I found other people who've reported the same problem but nobody mentioned a solution that I could find.

I'm running Windows 8, and have the latest version of Java installed.

Any help would be much appreciated!

jrrTolkien
05-16-2014, 07:46 PM
Yes, this happened to me too. I tried editing the name of the file and changing the extension from .txt to .exe, then run it as the installer.

-Jrr

jrrTolkien
05-16-2014, 07:48 PM
Oh, right. the "file extension" is the last 3 characters in the file name. You may need to unhide the extension. Post if you don't know how to do that.

-Jrr

Publius
05-17-2014, 02:36 AM
I actually tried that...renaming it to .exe did nothing, it still just opened as a text document. Is there another step I'm missing?

Edit: Looking at the file in my download folder, it actually ends with the extension .exe already, but is still described as a "text document" everywhere its properties are described. Maybe there is a hidden extension, in which case I don't know where to find it.

jrrTolkien
05-17-2014, 07:01 AM
It probable comes like that, but you have to unhide the file extension. Open control panel, select "file and folder options," then "view," and "advanced settings." Next, there will be something saying "hide known file extensions." You want to make sure that this is unchecked. Then, it should show up on your file as .exe.txt. Remove the .txt part and it should be runable. Hope this helps!

-Jrr

jrrTolkien
05-17-2014, 07:05 AM
Also, is this Alice 3 or Alice 2 that you're trying to get?

-Jrr

MrMoke
05-17-2014, 09:42 AM
The web site has instructions on the proper procedures. BUT:

For Windows:
With Alice2 (use 2.4.2), I usually do a "save as". This makes sure that the file has a .zip extension, and is stored where you want it. Then just unpack it to desired folder, and go from there.

With Alice3, the install instructions are specific for version 3.1.92 only. The executable for windows is now a .exe file. So far, I have been unable to get it to work on my WIN7 computer, although the older 3.1.81 version works fine with Java8.

jrrTolkien
05-17-2014, 01:29 PM
I don't know. I wanted to try and download the Alice 3 again, and it came as a .txt. I changed it to .exe, and it still won't work. I think that's what happened to Publius as well, except that I don't know what happens when he tries to install it. :confused:

-Jrr

MrMoke
05-17-2014, 04:47 PM
the off-line and on-line installers are executables for the O/S you are using.
.exe for Windows
.tgz for mac
.sh for Linux

Universal is just a .zip that you unpack like the Alice 2 package.

The problem may have something to do with the specific web browser, so I keep Chrome as my backup.

jrrTolkien
05-17-2014, 07:22 PM
I use firefox most of the time. It is usually less bug-prone than chrome or IE. I should try getting Alice in chrome...

-Jrr

Publius
05-19-2014, 02:46 PM
Hi again, my apologies, had to be offline the last couple of days. JRR's advice worked like a charm; many thanks! Unhid my file extensions, deleted the .txt from the download, and the installer runs perfectly.

I'm still gonna have to hold off for a bit for reasons unrelated to Alice. I'm on satellite internet which limits my downloadable data to a good bit less than it's wanting to install; I'll have to wait till my free download period at 2AM to do this or they'll lock me down for 24 hours. Will report back after this is done, but for now, the installer appears to be working! At least, it's clearly and installer and not a pile of notepad rubbish.

Thanks again!

Oh, and it's Alice 3 I'm trying to download, in response to the question above.

jrrTolkien
05-19-2014, 03:47 PM
Glad I could be of assistance! Good luck and I hope you enjoy using Alice! I hope to hear from you again soon. Also, if it still doesn't install properly, you can probably get Alice v.2 working, unless you're using it in a class.

-Jrr